Restoration of roads and power underway after storm Fiona ravages Canada

Cathy Simpkins of Moncton walks through flood waters to check her recreational vehicle trailer following the passing of Hurricane Fiona, later downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, in Shediac, New Brunswick, Canada September 24, 2022. REUTERS/Greg Locke

Officials have found the remains of a lady dragged out to sea by former Hurricane Fiona, which washed away homes, stripped off roofs, and blocked highways throughout the Atlantic provinces of Canada.

Fiona made landfall before dawn on Saturday (local time) as a post-tropical storm, bringing hurricane-force winds, precipitation, and waves to Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, and Quebec after moving north from the Caribbean.

Sunday, Canadian authorities discovered the body of a missing 73-year-old woman in the water near Channel-Port Aux Basques, a hamlet on the southern coast of Newfoundland.

The woman was reportedly inside her home on Saturday when a wave tore away a piece of the basement.

Minister of Defence Anita Anand stated that troops would assist with the removal of downed trees in eastern Canada, the restoration of transportation links, and anything else that was required for as long as it took.

She did not indicate the number of deployed troops.

More than 252,000 Nova Scotia Power customers and around 82,000 Maritime Electric customers in Prince Edward Island, or almost 95% of the total, remained without power as of Sunday.

More than 20,600 residences and businesses were also present in New Brunswick.

According to utility firms, it could be days before the power is restored to everyone.

Amanda McDougall, the mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, stated on Sunday that more than 200 people were residing in temporary shelters.

Her region, which declared a state of emergency, has almost 70 completely impassable roads.

She stated that she was unable to count the number of destroyed properties in her neighborhood.

She stated that the military needed to respond and assist with debris removal, citing the inaccessibility of the airport's access road and the tower's severe damage.

The Canadian Hurricane Centre stated that Fiona had the lowest pressure ever recorded for a storm making landfall in Canada, a critical indicator of storm intensity.

Publish : 2022-09-26 07:21:00

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